BISANADI NATIONAL RESERVE

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FACT FILE

  • Altitude 1,000 – 3,400ft.
  • Area 870 sq. kms.
  • Distance from Nairobi 348 kms.
  • Opened April 1968
  • Beautiful Landscape, 13 Rivers
  • Former Home of George & Joy
    Adamson & “Elsa” the lioness
  • Game viewing: Elephant, Hippo,
    Lion, Leopard, Cheetah
  • Campers Paradise
  • Excellent views of Mount Kenya

Meru National Park is wild and beautiful. Straddling the equator and bisected by 13 rivers and numerous mountain-fed streams, it is an especially scenic area of Kenya. It has diverse scenery from woodlands at 3,000ft. on the slopes of Nyambeni Mountain Range, northeast of Mount Kenya, to wide open plains with wandering riverbanks dotted with doum palms.

We already posted more information on Meru National Park here. Now on to more attractions in the area.


Bet you have never heard of this. On the border of Meru National Park is BISANADI NATIONAL RESERVE known as ‘kinna’, the border between Meru and Bisanadi Parks is the traditional division between the Meru and Boran. The Reserve was opened in September 1979 and occupies an area of 606 sq. km. A true wilderness area without any accommodation, it is only accessible by 4WD vehicles. There is an airstrip at Korbessa.Bisanadi National Reserve FP

This hot and arid bush land is host to many species of mammals including lions, elephants, cheetahs, rhinos, buffalos and over 400 species of birds. Visitors can go boating and fishing on the Tana and the Rojewero rivers and enjoy camping under the stars in this tough but beautiful place.

For more information check here. One can also contact;

Telephone : Tel:+254 (0) 164 20 613

Postal Address

P.O. Box 11, Mau


Another area made famous by the Adamsons is KORA NATIONAL PARK. Opened in October 1989, 280 km. northeast of Nairobi, it is an easy outing from Meru National Park. It covers an area of 1,787 sq. km., bordered by the Tana River. George Adamson had his camp was here – Kampi ya Simba. A key feature is the sudden appearance of lush green “oases”, created by the lines of doum palms which shelter the banks of the Tana River.  The Tana River is also source of the Adamson’s Falls, Grand Falls and Kora Rapids. Striking are the Inselbergs – isolated rocky outcrops covered in vegetation which create random islands above the plains.

Aerial view of Kora national Park
Aerial View of Kora National Park. Courtesy of http://www.kws.go.ke

Visitors can enjoy the diverse birdlife, fishing in Tana River rock-climbing and also visit George Adamson’s grave. Kora has diverse wildlife: 21 species of fish, 500 species of insects, 33 molluscs and 40 reptiles. Elephants, Lesser Kudus, wild dogs, striped and spotted hyenas, leopards and cheetahs can be seen.

For more information check here. One can also contact;

Contact Person:Warden Kora

Phone: +254 720 765 445,020 2321696

Postal Address:

Kora National Park,

P.O. Box 11,

Maua, Kenya


Other regional parks include RAHOLE NATIONAL RESERVE, offering a wide variety of plains game, hippos, crocodiles and many birds. At MWINGI NATIONAL RESERVE, formerly North Kitui, there are hippos, crocodiles, buffaloes and warthogs.

Adamson Bridge aerial view
Adamson’s Bridge going across The Tana River. Courtesy of http://www.kws.go.ke

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